One giant sale: Neil Armstrong's collection goes to auction
22 July, 2018, 23:14 | Author: Darnell Taylor
Personal belongings of Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut who landed on the moon, put up for sale at auction house Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.
The collection also include a Purdue University, Armstrong's alma mater, Centennial 1869-1969 silk flag carried by him to the moon, pieces of a wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer, which he took with him on Apollo 11, as well as a gold pin from Gemini 8, Armstrong's first spaceflight, and his Boy Scouts Cap.
Armstrong stepped onto the moon July 20, 1969.
"I think the addition that the museum is putting in place will give them a chance to reach out to more kids, and bring them in, and really teach them about science and technology, engineering and math", Armstrong said.
"There will be flown items, autographed items and items of historical significance", Armstrong's son Mark described the items in the collection. "He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving".
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The Armstrongs turned to Sarasota, Florida-based Collectibles Authentication Guaranty for help with preserving and authenticating the artifacts and memorabilia and chose Heritage Auctions for the sales. "You show somebody something from the space program, and they are fascinated by it".
Mark Armstrong said that his parents were very philanthropic and that he and his brother have a goal to continue those efforts with proceeds from the auctions.
In a statement on Friday, U.S. space agency NASA announced a series of events to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the moon landing.
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